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34 years, 6 million (plus) Micras
If you want to talk Micra history, you have to know your K-cars!
No, not those K-cars.
The K10 through K13 codes simply refer to each of the four generations of Micras produced to date. Another name-related bit of trivia you need to know is the car goes by the name "March" in its Japanese home market and throughout most of Asia and Latin America.
K10: 1982 - 1992
- Introduced October 1982
- The body was originally designed for Fiat
- Sold in Canada between 1984 - 1991
- In various countries it was equipped with 4-cylinder engines ranging from 0.9L, 1.0L to 1.2L, with a 5-speed manual or 3-speed automatic transmission
- This generation weighed as little as 1,488 lb (675 kg)
K11: 1992 - 2002
- The second generation got an expanded engine & transmission range, including the first diesel (Europe) & CVT transmission
- It won several international awards, including the first Japanese car to win the European Car of the Year
- This generation offered optional power steering initially; by the end of its run it was standard
- Even a convertible version was offered in Japan
K12: 2002 - 2010
- More adventurous styling was one of the biggest differences on the third generation car, particularly the unusual headlight placement
- The range of engines continued to grow as well, now up to 6 were available in various countries
- Even a 4-wheel drive version was produced from 2002 on.
- A folding hard top convertible, the Micra C+C (coupe convertible) was offered beginning in 2005
- The 1.6L HR16DE engine (the one in the Canadian K13 Micra) makes its first apperance in the Micra SR performance model in Europe
K13: 2010 - 2016
- The current generation car is sold in 160+ countries
- Unlike previous generations, only one K13 body style is offered: a 4-door hatchback
- It's the first Micra to have North American production (in Mexico)
- In 2013 the car received a "facelift" that included new headlights and grille design
- In January 2014, the company announced the return of the Micra to Canada, as the country's least expensive new car
K14: 2016 -